Dapo Akande: Joy as UK nominates Nigerian-born lawyer as representative at UN commission

Dapo Akande: Joy as UK nominates Nigerian-born lawyer as representative at UN commission

- Another Nigerian is making the country proud in the United Kingdom

- A professor of law, Dapo Akande, has been nominated as the UK's representative at UN commission

- Justifying Akande's selection, the UK government said the Nigerian-born don is “one of the finest legal scholars" in the country

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Dapo Akande, a Nigerian-born law professor, has been nominated by the United Kingdom as its candidate for the International Law Commission (ILC) at the United Nations (UN).

The professor of international law is currently a don at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford.

Akande, who was given the UK’s slot ahead of a UN election billed for November 2021, has his formative legal experience and qualification in Nigeria before moving out of the country.

Dapo Akande: UK nominates Nigerian-born lawyer as representative at UN commission
Dapo Akande has been nominated by the UK as a representative at UN commission. Credit: UN website, Premium Times
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Justifying Akande's selection in a statement on Monday, March 1, the UK’s secretary of state for foreign, commonwealth and development affairs, Dominic Raab, described the legal luminary as “one of the finest legal scholars in the UK.”

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Raab said Akande will be perfectly positioned to slog it out with nine other Western Europe nominees, Premium Times reports.

“The UK has always been a strong supporter of the International Law Commission and is proud of the contribution that British international lawyers have made to its work. I believe that Professor Akande is perfectly positioned to strengthen this contribution yet further."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that weeks after naming Nigeria's Adewale Adeyemo as the deputy treasury secretary, the US president-elect Joe Biden appointed Nigerian-born Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo as one of his legal advisers at the White House.

Olorunnipa Badejo was appointed as the associate counsel as the former vice president on Tuesday, January 12, named more than 20 lawyers to his White House counsel’s office, Bloomberg Law reports.

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People of colour also announced in Biden's White House legal team include Samiyyah Ali who was appointed deputy associate counsel, Tona Boyd as special counsel and Megan Ceronsky as associate counsel.


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